Excessive means beyond what is typical or normal. When something is excessive, there's way too much.


Characterized by, or exhibiting, excess; overmuch.

Adjective S.
beyond normal limits; "excessive charges"; "a book of inordinate length"; "his dress stops just short of undue elegance"; "unreasonable demands"

Adjective S.
unrestrained in especially feelings; "extravagant praise"; "exuberant compliments"; "overweening ambition"; "overweening greed"

Characterized by, or exhibiting, excess; overmuch.


Ex*cess"ive , a. [Cf. F. excessif.] Characterized by, or exhibiting, excess; overmuch.
Excessive grief [is] the enemy to the living.
Syn. -- Undue; exorbitant; extreme; overmuch; enormous; immoderate; monstrous; intemperate; unreasonable. See Enormous --Ex*cess*ive*ly, adv. -Ex*cess"ive*ness, n.

Characterized by, or exhibiting, excess; overmuch.


Usage Examples

The main business of religions is to purify, control, and restrain that excessive and exclusive taste for well-being which men acquire in times of equality.

The monarchy is foremost a business, and it's important to them that the British public continue to finance the excessive luxurious lifestyles of the now quite enormous, wasteful and useless 'royal' family. I find it very sad.

It is very sad for a man to make himself servant to a single thing his manhood all taken out of him by the hydraulic pressure of excessive business.

Such lifestyle factors such as cigarette smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, little physical activity and low dietary calcium intake are risk factors for osteoporosis as well as for many other non-communicable diseases.

From a viable economy to the full funding of Headstart, from a clean environment to true equality for women, from a strong military to a commitment to racial brotherhood, from schools that are honored to streets free of excessive violence.

Excessive fear is always powerless.

Many people submit to excessive appetites without realizing that they do not need to eat so much food.

I don't need the fillers, additives, excessive amounts of sugars, fats, salts and other measures taken to taint the natural goodness of real food.

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Other Usage Examples

Skyrocketing insurance premiums are debilitating our Nation's health care delivery system and liability insurers are either leaving the market or raising rates to excessive levels.

The desire of excessive power caused the angels to fall the desire of knowledge caused men to fall.

An excessive knowledge of Marxism is a sign of a misspent youth.

The American legal industry is a medieval guild in which the prosecutors, bar, and bench join hands to ensure that legal invoices are paid, no matter how excessive.

Quarrels often arise in marriages when the bridal gifts are excessive.

Peace congresses often start by dealing with some of the less important questions in excessive detail, so at the end there is no time to discuss the most important problems.

The disruptive powers of excessive national fecundity may have played a greater part in bursting the bonds of convention than either the power of ideas or the errors of autocracy.

Excessive sorrow laughs. Excessive joy weeps.


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